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Elegance Cooked Slowly January 18, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Food.
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For New Year’s Eve, we wanted to fix ourselves an elegant and easy dessert. I saw this recipe in a holiday magazine and the picture sold me on it. It’s the kind of dessert that gives the impression that you must have spent hours in the kitchen, yet only you will know that it took less than ten minutes hands on!  Not to mention that it will make your house smell incredible. I used a delicious muscato that we picked up from the Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula. For the caramel sauce, I used T. Marzetti’s Fat Free Caramel Apple Dip. I know you’re thinking, “Fat Free? Yuck.”, but I cannot tell you how delicious this stuff tastes. Heated in the microwave and drizzled over the cooked pears, it’s a “lick your plate” kind of decadence!

Poached Pears with Caramel Drizzle
Serves 6

• 6 medium size fresh pears with stems
• 1 cup sweet white wine
• ½ cup sugar
• ½ cup water
• 3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 3 whole cloves
• ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• Store bought Caramel Dip for drizzling

1. Peel pears leaving stems intact.
2. Place pears upright in slow cooker. You may need to cut a little from the bottom to get the fruit to stand up.
3. Combine wine and next six ingredients. Then pour wine mixture over pears.
4. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or until pears are tender.
5. Cool pears in liquid.
6. Place pears in individual serving dishes (excluding cinnamon sticks and cloves).
7. Place approximately 2 teaspoons of cooking liquid in the bottom of each serving dish.
8. Microwave caramel dip according to package directions. Drizzle over pears and serve immediately.

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